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Meet the educators working with the PPP schools

30th May 2016 BY: sustainabilityhub@ceres.org.au

CERES Education is made up of dedicated, passionate and expert educators that deliver a range of inspiring programs for early childhood centres, schools, tertiary institutions and individuals.

The CERES Education Outreach team currently deliver the ResourceSmart Schools program to over 270 schools in Melbourne and will primarily be working with the 15 new schools as part of the New Schools PPP project.

Get to know the team…

Jane Burns

Outreach Area Manager
ResourceSmart Schools Southern Metro Coordinator
Project Lead Sustainability Partner New Schools PPP Project

jane_burns_profile_pic Jane has a background in education with experience in secondary school teaching, training, and curriculum writing in schools, community groups and the not-for-profit sector. Jane is passionate about designing and delivering education programs that contribute to making a difference in the world and bring value to communities. With a strong desire to make a contribution in her career, Jane has developed and managed a range of educational projects and programs with a social, community and environmental focus. In 2016 Jane was awarded the prestigious Environment Education Victoria award, The Environmental & Sustainability Educator of the Year 2015. She believes that schools and early childhood settings are perfectly placed to engage children, students and teachers in learning about the environment and gain skills and knowledge to be leaders in their communities | jane.burns@ceres.org.au

Randy Mendez

ResourceSmart Schools Northern Metro Coordinator
Deputy Lead Sustainability Partner New Schools PPP Project

randy_mendez_profile_pic Randy has a passion for the environment and education. He has a background in Environmental Science, having received his Bachelor’s of Environmental and Occupational Health Science from the U.S. and his Masters of Environmental Science from Macquarie University in Sydney. His experience in education includes working with primary students, secondary students and students with disabilities in Australia, the U.S. and East Timor. He has prior experience facilitating environmental education programs and working in the renewable energy industry.His aim is to ingrain sustainability as an everyday, normal part of society and believes education is the first step in making this possible | randy@ceres.org.au

Nick Rickard

ResourceSmart Schools Eastern Metro Coordinator

nick_rickard_profile_pic Nick is passionate about sustainability and advocating for strong action on climate change. He has a Bachelor of Social Science (Environment) from RMIT University and has gained experience in environmental education through his voluntary work with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, organising sustainability summits for high school students. Nick is committed to living sustainably and loves inspiring and empowering others to do the same. He sees climate change as an issue that affects everyone and believes education is an important step in working together to secure a healthy planet for future generations | nick.rickard@ceres.org.au

Deanne Jones

ResourceSmart Early Childhood Coordinator

deanne_jones_profile_pic Deanne has had a passion for the environment and an interest in social justice issues from a young age. This has led her to explore and volunteer in the natural world both within and beyond Australia; living in Argentina as an exchange student and exploring the unique environments of South America, East Africa and Asia. She has also completed a Bachelor of Science (Biological Science) and later a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary). Deanne has worked in a number of organisations including the Melbourne Aquarium Education and Interpretation team, Gould League and Knox City Council as a Community Sustainability Officer. In total, she has worked and volunteered in the Environment field for over 15 years. Deanne joined the CERES Outreach team in 2012 after introducing her daughter into the world. She believes sustainability education and empowering the next generation is essential in helping to build a sustainable future for all | deanne@ceres.org.au

Emmanuelle Delomenede

Outreach Educator

emmanuelle delomenede_jones_profile_pic After completing her engineering degree in France, Emmanuelle undertook a Master’s degree of Energy Studies at the University of Melbourne specializing in the environmental impacts of buildings. Prior to CERES, Emmanuelle was working as an Energy Consultant in a large engineering company, undertaking holistic design and operational sustainability assessments of major commercial buildings. She joined the Outreach team in September 2015 and is really excited to now be working with Victorian schools as she strongly believes in a bottom-up approach to drive change, starting at the community level and through early/primary education. Emmanuelle is passionate about sharing her dedication to sustainability and resilient resource systems and hopes to inspire the next generation | emmanuelle@ceres.org.au

Alex Hoffman

Outreach Educator

alex_hoffman_profile_pic Alex’s passion for the environment was for many years unconscious; a natural byproduct of climbing trees, bushwalking and swimming in the ocean. After completing a Bachelor of Arts, she moved to Canada where she balanced academic endeavors along side community gardening projects, as well as a stint as a whale watching assistant. A passion for conservation and environmental awareness was born. In 2011, Alex participated in ‘Otesha: Cycling for Sustainability’ and completed a pedal-powered tour from Melbourne to Canberra, delivering school workshops and a theatrical performance on sustainability and social justice. Since completing a Diploma in Primary teaching, she has employed skills in teaching, facilitation and programme development across various educational and community organisations. Alex has been a member of the Ceres Education team for five years and is currently Coordinator of the Do More With L.E.S.S. Student Leadership programme and a ResourceSmart facilitator | alexandra.hoffman@ceres.org.au

Stuart Dakin

Outreach Educator

alex_hoffman_profile_pic Since completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) Stuart has been employed as an outreach educator and secondary school teacher. Stuart’s approach to education has always been underpinned by a passion for sustainability and the environment. Prior to entering the field of education Stuart was employed for 8 years as an environmental contractor specializing in indigenous vegetation management. He regularly spends time in the outdoors and enjoys hiking and mountain biking. Stuart believes in the value of environmental education as a powerful tool in bringing about positive change | stuart.dakin@ceres.org.au

Michelle Sanahon

Outreach Communications Manager

michelle_sanahon_profile_pic After completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Michelle decided that the IT world wasn’t for her. Instead she stumbled across the wonderful world that was CERES, and since 2003 has worked in various roles and today is Communications Manager for the CERES Outreach team. Michelle’s role includes ensuring that our centres, schools, Partners, and the wider community are informed about CERES Education news and available opportunities in the realm of environmental education. Michelle is also passionate about sustainable/ethical fashion, travel and dreams of living off the grid | michelle@ceres.org.au